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You’re a Shining Star No Matter Who You Are

In the time honored tradition of trashing books I haven’t read, I’d like to call attention to Molly Ringwald’s first short story collection, When It Happens To You. According to the NYT today, her writing skills are on par with her acting ability. Sure, she’s an easy target. Everyone from St. Elmo’s Fire is an easy target. Was Ringwald even in St. Elmo’s Fire? Who really gives a fuck. All of those movies suck and are particularly offensive to me because they are my gen and it shames me. Where are the Easy Riders? Where are the Days of Heaven? None of the actors went on to have careers of any note with the exception of James Spader and Rob Lowe! Am I missing anyone? I heard that Andrew McCarthy is writing a memoir. I hope it’s not about his life. For my money, I would like to read the short stories of Mickey Rourke, Daniel Day Louis, and Winona Ryder.

What actor’s short stories would you most like to read?

43 Responses

  1. My! Aren’t we all grumpy and dispirited today! Fuck actors. Fuck short stories. Why is fuck a bad word?

    • Fuck isn’t a bad word. It’s the best word.

      • It truly is. It can be a noun, a verb, both transitive and intransitive, adjective, adverb, exclamation, a statement of awe, you name it! There’s nothing Fuck can’t do. Fuck says so much with so little. I wish my writing was more like Fuck.

        I don’t think I’d really want to read any actor’s work of fiction. If they wrote about their fucked up lives, that’s another thing.

      • What’s wrong with fuck?
        Fornication Under the Consent of the King, makes sense to me.

      • One of my favorite sentences in the English language: “Fuck the fucking fuckers’ fucked fucks.”

        “Fuck”–as versatile as corn and even more necessary, the word that can do it all (almost).

  2. Tim Curry.

  3. Johny Depp

  4. Ed Norton, Kevin Spacey, Tom Hanks.

  5. Ooh, I second Kevin Spacey. And add Jason Bateman and Ewan McGregor.

  6. Alan Cumming

  7. Maggie Smith is my choice. Her incredible career HAS to have at least a book’s worth of tales.

  8. Judi Dench. Fred Ward. Clancy Brown. Helen Mirren. Brian Cox.

    And, of course, Morgan Freeman—but I’d only want the audio version.

  9. You’re missing Demi Moore, but you’d have to pay me to read that book.

  10. Daniel Day-Lewis. But who cares? I think it’s endearing that Neil Young doesn’t know if his wife’s name is spelled Peggy or Pegi.

  11. Robert Downey Junior. Alan Rickman.

  12. “What actor’s short stories would you most like to read?”

    If there’s any of ’em able to write short stories worth reading, I’m game. No possibilities pop immediately to mind, though.

  13. John Wilkes Booth

  14. I don’t care about movie actors. I want novels and essays and short stories written by rock stars.

  15. Sharon Stone, Jennifer Connelly, Jack Elam: Just one time.

  16. I want stories by people I’ve never heard of. Though I could be tempted by Mickey Rourke.

  17. I’d go back a little, that generation – mine too by the way – just seem too self-obsessed. I’d go for Lana Turner’s short stories with a glass of scotch

  18. Christopher Walken

  19. Short Stories…Danny DeVito .

  20. James Spader…he is supposedly a very eccentric person with a quirky thought process. I would imagine a book of short stories by him would be very interesting.

    • Wanted to add that he is also supposed to be extremely intelligent…so the writing would probably not be drivel.

  21. None.

    When celebrities publish fiction it irks me. Why should these people get to jump to the front of line? And don’t get me started on children’s books, which, as far as I’m concerned, require a special kind of genius. (RIP Maurice Sendak.)

  22. Anjelica Huston, Robert Mitchum and Emma Thompson.

  23. Sam Shepard & Steve Martin have done it well. Diane Keaton’s book about her mum was decent.

    I’d read anything Meryl Streep wrote.

  24. Albert Molina

  25. James Dean. ‘Cause he was a rebel not without talent. Okay, maybe writing short stories would be a giant leap, but I’d be willing to bet my place in Eden that his stories would stand up to any literati of note from the east.

  26. Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn

  27. Anybody read John Lithgow’s memoir? I’d read that in a heartbeat.

  28. Clooney, Jodie Foster, Bill Murray.

  29. I was going to say I’d read a Drew Barrymore memoir, but apparently she wrote one and I’ve never made the effort to do so. I read Tallulah Bankhead’s. Who in Hollywood has that much personality now? Oh. Philip Seymour Hoffman. Final answer. I’d read anything he wrote.

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